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Spartans split at Messiah
The Spartans fell to a very strong Millersville team 3-0 this past Sunday in a disappointing performance. However the Spartans came back and swept Dickinson to finish 1-1 on the day. The team takes to the court Saturday at YCP in Gym B where they take on nationally ranked Messiah.

Spartans Take 2nd Place at St. Joseph's Tournament
The York College Spartans took second place at the St. Joseph's Tournament January 31st. The team got off to a rough start in the day losing to Drexel University 2-1, and then a tough comeback to defeat The College of NJ 2-1. After that comeback however the Spartans got into a groove and played well defeating a scrappy Rowan team 2-0 and a strong West Chester team 2-0. The Spartans then proceeded to destroy the hosts of the tournament 2-0 to make the finals. In the Finals the Spartans came back from down 20-14 to win the first match 25-23 in what could only be described as an impressive come from behind victory. But the next two games saw YCP play extremely flat and fall apart to a tough defensive squad in Eastern University.

Millersville Cancelled
The Millersville tournament has been cancelled due to the weather.

York Places 2nd at PS Altoona
York College took second place in the PS Altoona tournament this past weekend. YCP sent two teams to the tournament, the A team went undefeated through pool play with an 8-0 record, and then swept Drexel A (25-17, 25-18) to advance to the finals. There they met Lock Haven who was also undefeated on the day. The first game of the best of three was a thriller, with the Spartans falling 27-25. It was a hard fought game with both teams playing at a very high level, displaying gritty defense and powerful offenses. In the second game York came out slow and could never recover. Lock Haven never let York into the game and dominated 25-9 to take home the championship. The finish was the best for York since York placed 2nd at the PS York tournament last fall.

The York B team also played very well despite their 2-6 record. They competed with a number of quality teams, and played a hard fought tournament. It was a complete team effort, and the team shows a lot of promise when they will compete together at Millersville.

The York A team played extremely well on the day despite the disappointing finish. Aside from the team success, captain Scott Kraft (outside hitter) and John Schuhart (opposite hitter) were honored with All-Tournament team awards.

A complete recap of the day:
Pool A (Pool Play):

York A vs. PS Altoona (25-21 , 25-17)
York A vs. PS Berks (25-21 , 25-18)
York A vs. Slippery Rock (25-18 , 25-22)
York A vs. Drexel B (25-17 , 25-21)

Pool B (Pool Play):
Lock Haven vs. York B (25-13 , 25-16)
Drexel A vs. York B (25-22 , 25-23)
Shippensburg vs. York B (25-22 , 22-25)
York B vs. Bucknell (25-18 , 21-25)

Lock Haven vs. PS Berks (25-15 , 25-16)
York A vs. Drexel A (25-17, 25-18)

Lock Haven vs. York A (27-25 , 25-9)

All Tournament Team:
Ryan Sell #1, Lock Haven
Paul Eberhart #41, Lock Haven
David Genova #33, Slippery Rock
John Schuhart #15, York
Seth Davis #14, Lock Haven
Scott Kraft #2, York

YCP Ties for 3rd at Messiah
The YCP Spartans lost to two teams all day, both of whom made the Finals. The format of the tournament saw each team play the other teams in their pool in two one game matches. The Spartans got off to a slow start losing to Lockhaven by only five points combined in both games, only to dominate Rowan and Lehigh and to finish fourth of the twelve teams there in pool play.

The Spartans went into the playoffs (best of 3 format) playing their best ball of the day. In the first round matchup York defeated Millersville, a perennial MACVC championship contender, in a three game thriller to advance to the semi-finals.

The Spartans then faced a local club team called the Angry Dragons who won the match in two games. The Angry Dragons went on to destroy Lockhaven in the finals to take the championship.

The Spartans played well most of the day, with a number of players stepping up in the absence of two starters. Junior middle hitter Vance Murray had the best day of his career, consistently beating defenses with his aggressive play, while freshman setter Aaron Gartenberg played very well in his first intercollegiate competition. Sophomore captains Scott Kraft and Nate Leierer provided the team with excellent passing, aggressive defense, and a stable offense. Junior middle hitter Travis Meckley recovering from a severely sprained ankle played well, and kept defenses on their toes all day long. Senior Brice Hayden also played well weakside providing a number of key hits to turn the momentum of games. Senior captain Ray Costa, and senior Derek Sunbury played aggressive defense throughout the day from the libero position. Freshman outside hitter Ryan Young also came in late in games to make a number of key serves that kept York in position to win the Millersville match.

Overall it was a great team effort on the day. Everyone contributed to help push the Spartans to their best finish at Messiah in over four years.

The next tournament is at Penn State Altoona when the Spartans will send two teams. First game for both squads are at roughly 9:30 AM.

Spartans Open Preseason at Messiah
The York College Spartan men's club volleyball team will be opening their preseason at the Messiah Tournament 11/15. The Spartans have arguably the strongest lineup in the club's history. They will be led by tri-captains Scott Kraft, Nathan Leierer and Ray Costa.

At the core of the team is a strong group of returning players, complemented by a number of new additions. Senior Brice Hayden will be participating in his last collegiate action, as he will graduate at the end of the fall semester. Kraft will return to his natural outside hitting position, and Leirer will be seeing his first action at the position opposite him. Meckley while nursing a sprained right ankle will get time at both middle and weakside hitter. Newcomers Aaron Gartenburg, Ryan Young, Jon Schuhart, and Jason Becker will also see considerable time on the York A team. Costa and Derek Sunbury will likely be the team's liberos.

The Spartans have already held a scrimmage this semester in which they defeated Millersville 3-1. It is the Spartans' hope to steadily improve upon their play, and to put themselves in the finals at all three tournaments they will be attending. The Sparts will play at Penn State Altoona (11/22) and Millersville (12/6) to conclude their preseason.

The regular season will start in the spring semester, as the club will once again be participating in the MACVC. The team sees itself as a top five team in the league with the potential to be a championship contender. A full regular season schedule will be made available in early February.